YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Foo Fighters front man and Warren native Dave Grohl will be featured Sunday on 60 Minutes on CBS News.
Grohl and band mates Taylor Hawkins (drums), Nate Mendel (bass), Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett (guitars) were in New Orleans, considered the birthplace of jazz, for an HBO documentary series called Sonic Highways that he is directing on the musical heritage of eight American cities.
Grohl and the band spent a week in the city and talked to local musicians.
“There’s a reason why Chicago blues sounds like Chicago blues. And there’s a reason why jazz music is here in New Orleans,” Grohl said. “When I interview these people, I get them to explain not only the history of the city but the influence that has on the music that comes from here. It could be anything.”
The documentary series was not just a way for Grohl to share his take on America’s unique musical heritage and revisit his own musical journey, but also helped him write the songs for Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album also called Sonic Highways.
In New Orleans, he was inspired to write a song referencing the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina and the history of jazz after talking to local musicians such as Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty.
60 Minutes cameras and Anderson Cooper were there to capture the moment for a profile of the popular band and its guitarist and lead singer to be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. on WKBN. To view a preview of the show, click the video player.
Dave Grohl was born in Warren, Ohio where an alley has been dedicated in the musician’s name. The downtown venue is the home to an annual festival and is laced with artwork, including the world’s largest drum sticks, dedicated to Grohl’s career and his time as a drummer for Nirvana. Grohl came to town for the alley’s unveiling in 2009.